Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love Long term care. As kmp297 said. You can get a lot of experience in a nursing home.
In the past few weeks I have dealt with central lines, TPN, hypoglycemic episodes, acute respiratory distress, acute heart failure, a major stroke in progress, 1day post op bowel resection, that turned into bowel obstruction, 4 days Post op, below knee amputation, acute renal failure. plus all the regular day to day pill passes for 20 patients, vital sign, feeding, turning etc for dependent people. assessments, and a mountain of paper work.
Most of these people see a Dr, once every 30-60 days. The rest of the time it is up to the nurses to keep an eye on them. Most of them are in such fragile condition that a cold or UTI is a life threatening situation. Whoever thinks long term care is boring , never worked there.